Two pantry staples come together to make the perfectly tangy and delicious marinade for steaks. Brush over steak or burgers before grilling for an amazing and simple flavor explosion!
Sometimes simpler IS better. I’m always a fan of nuanced flavors and things that help make a recipe really special, but sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
This recipe today isn’t what I’d entirely call a “recipe”, but more of a combination of two liquid ingredients that can be the start of a really tasty meat marinade. Feel free to add spices at your discretion, but I find that it doesn’t really need it.
My favorite marinade, aka “meat juice” was discovered when I observed what the guys in the kitchen were doing when I used to work as a bartender/waitress. I was always a little more interested in what was going on back in the kitchen than what was happening on the TVs at the bar or what the bar patrons were saying – oops.
Next to the grill was a plastic squeeze bottle filled with a nondescript brown liquid that they would squeeze onto ribeyes, roast beef for sandwiches, and beef patties for burgers.
Ready for the two super simple ingredients that make up this marinade?
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
That’s it! I use equal parts of each and mix it all up before brushing onto my steaks.
How to marinate steak
Leave the marinade on the steak for as little or as much time as you would like. Internet experts say to marinate less tender cuts for 6 to up to 24 hours, and tender cuts of beef can be done marinating in around an hour or less. Also, the marinade isn’t necessarily to tenderize beef so much as it is to add flavor to it.
I will sometimes use Montreal steak seasoning on my beef. I’ve been picking up flat iron steaks at our local grocery store recently because they’re a decent enough cut of beef where it doesn’t feel overly “chewy” once cooked but is also a little more budget friendly than other more expensive cuts of beef.
What can I make with leftover steak?
Cut the beef into strips for a beef stir fry or beef burrito bowl! I also enjoy taking the leftovers and cutting it into cubes for a steak quesadilla.
You could make a steak sandwich with melted cheese and sautéed onions on top, steak and eggs, or mac and cheesesteak!
Feel free to eat the steak as-is, and pair with Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts!
Feel free to douse this mixture on burgers before throwing them on the grill. It adds a little salty and savory depth of flavor from the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Our favorite burger spice is Bam! Burger Seasoning. This seasoning + a pack of 85% lean beef makes excellent burgers. Pair with your favorite buns, topping and sides for a quick and easy dinner!
Two Ingredient Steak Marinade
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- Combine equal parts Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce in a bowl. Whisk or stir to combine.
- Brush onto steak or burgers.